VIEUX CARRÉ CONFIDENTIAL! (series) episode #18 posted! PART THREE OF A THREE-PART ROAD TRIP! TJ Fisher and Di Harris adventures! Mockumentary of disruptive misadventures! Madcap mad-hattresses! The zany Southern Belles of Bourbon Street roar through Palm Beach — in a big pink ’59 Cadillac convertible named Lulabell! Saturated with a look-at-me character and an irreverent attitude, TJ and Di relish theatrical hijinks, and juicy gossip grapevines. Eccentric provocateurs TJ and Di dare to be different, to stand out, to court controversy. In this series the unforgettable high-wattage duo descend upon the tony Town of Palm Beach like a cloudburst of electrified pink flamingoes, kitschy and embellished. Think…”I Love Lucy”…meets “The Golden Girls”…meets “Thelma and Louise”…meets “The Beales of Grey Gardens”…meets “Laverne and Shirley”…oh dear…watch out…
This third episode of a three-part series guest-stars the scene-stealers Robin Radar Beans and Alexandra Harrison, in cameo role appearances. The two actresses are real-life friends with VIEUX CARRÉ CONFIDENTIAL! co-hosts TJ and Di.
Like vintage postcards poured from a jeweled decanter, at first the retro-style film focuses on a sneak-peek view into the colorful escapades of flamboyant Di, while spending holiday time in ritzy Palm Beach. Apparently, Di has attracted the attention of the media, the society news, gigolos, gossip columnists — and the police — due to her outrageous antics of driving Lulabell Aussie-style, on the opposite side of the road, and leaving her New Orleans “Di Harris” cooler, somewhere, along palm-tree-line swanky Worth Avenue. The dialogue indicates that New Orleanian Di has accumulated a variety of Palm Beach admirers, friends and foes, while visiting polo, Donald Trump’s Mar-a-lago, and a host of other posh soirees and galas, befriending those in high and low places. Repeatedly, Di assures her husband over the telephone that, no, the sun has not gone to her head. Part-time Palm Beach TJ sounds very worried about her friend’s headlines-making behavior. Shiny Sheets!
When it comes time to depart Palm Beach and head back to New Orleans, TJ and Robin are seen yelling at Di to hurry up and jump in the Caddy. It is not revealed what Di’s particular delay is, why she is slow-pokey about getting in the car and taking off. In previous episodes, Di has been forced to ride in Lulabell’s trunk on multiple occasions. Later on the clip, TJ and Robin discuss Di’s whereabouts (back in the trunk) with Alexandra, and the trio also discusses the impending road trip back to New Orleans, with Alexandra and Robin in tow. Di remains quiet, stashed in the trunk, hidden from prying eyes, i.e. perhaps the authorities or “powers to be.” Shush! Hush-hush! It’s a secret! The traveling rat pack of gal pals crisscross the bridge back over to Palm Beach, as ditzy Di has left the luggage and cooler behind…
And so, they drop the pedal and go…go…go…in TJ’s pink Cadillac…they keep rolling along. Feeling out of sight. Who knows how far a car can get before they think about slowing on down. The possy pals take off, spending all their money on a Saturday night. Temptations always come along. There’s always somebody tempting somebody into doing something they know is wrong. But there they go — TJ, Di, Robin and Alexandra — rolling along, oozing down the street.
Finally, TJ drops Di off back off at the steps of her Faubourg Marigny “sugar shack” cottage, where the whirlwind journey began. The two argue about the return Palm Beach road trip, and how they busted Di’s Grandma Amy out of the nursing home, to bring her back to New Orleans with them. Silk stockings, arsenic and old lace!
Swamp Empress TJ Fisher and Peacock Princess Di Harris are known for their passion and soap-operish comedy. Bourbon Street resident TJ is the nationally acclaimed author of multiple New Orleans-based nonfiction and fiction works. Award-wining designer/artist Di owns Zogwald’s, an eclectic French Quarter boutique, and she is the originator of the trademark Oonkas Boonkas style.
Always at the cornerstone of eccentric behavior, TJ drives a ’59 pink Cadillac convertible named Lulabell, and Di rides a 1968 “My Fair Lady” model banana-seat Stingray. (TJ also maintains a home in Palm Beach, Florida and Di in Melbourne, Australia.) The colorfully outspoken and idiosyncratic friends can be seen in additional Tanzmanianmudbug YouTube postings:
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The famed “social season” barrier Island of Palm Beach is the uppercruster home of millionaire moguls, polo patrons, privileged people, socialites, debutantes, ambassadors, Forbes 400 CEOs, Old guard Wasps, Rod Stewart, Jimmy Buffet, Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump, etcetera.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO MISS NEW ORLEANS?
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VIEUX CARRÉ CONFIDENTIAL! (series) episode #17 posted! PART TWO OF A THREE-PART ROAD TRIP! TJ Fisher and Di Harris adventures! Absolutely fabulous mini sitcom! The loopy ladies of New Orleans stir up a trouble in swanky Palm Beach! On a whirlwind weekend! Pink ’59 Cadillac convertible! Hello, Di, riding in the back, with TJ at the wheel, oozing down the street! Feeling out of sight! The outrageous Hoo-hah Queens are ready to terrorize white tails and tiara balls!
Flamboyant raconteurs in a big pink pumpkin car…the two offbeat Grande Dames hit their stride…cut a swath a mile wide…and leave a trail of arched eyebrows in their wake! Whirlwind! Double jeopardy! Whoo-hoo! TJ and Di bring a breath of fresh air and the classic “New Orleans state of mind” to South Florida’s diamond-studded sandbar. It is a perfect, pristine paradise town, sedate and tranquil. Dodging a slew of island police cars as they race along their merry way, the uptown/downtown provocateurs gallivant from one uproarious escapade to another. Come ride along! Hijinks! Dust-ups and mash-ups! They know how to have a party in their pink Cadillac! Pushing the envelope, TJ and Di crash the boundaries of appropriate Palm Beacher socialite behavior and stuffy, staid social protocol.
VIEUX CARRÉ CONFIDENTIAL! At the beginning of the vintage-style film clip, TJ says she’s going on a Palm Beach shopping safari. She wheels and back-back maneuvers Lulabell out of her gated driveway. Slow, slow, slowly. Inch by inch. Booble-head dogs Dudley and Calliope gaze out from the backseat. Di, adorned in a bath towel and madhattress bonnet assures her New Orleans husband “Don’t worry.” She also claims “Everything is fine.” Hmmm…. according to the documented history of these two scandalous media magnets and well-known pranksters…that statement is very doubtful, at best… Next the illustrious, infamous and larger-than-life TJ, adored in a glittery evening hat and colorful boa, zooms Lulabell up and down tranquil seaside streets, careening around the corners, as coconut palm fronds sway gently overhead. Di lays low in the backseat. Cop cars. Everywhere. Lookout! Eyes peeled. Hold the presses!
Afterwards, TJ swings Lulabell down the ultimate destination, famed Worth Avenue. TJ eases her pink Caddy into a parallel parking slot, then she hops out for bit of afternoon shopping, clad in her evening gown. Old World Palm Beach of yesterday had an array of headlines-making colorful denizens and island eccentrics (including Addison Mizner) which TJ seems to channel, like a blast from past. The Gilded Age meets the 50s! All-original Victorianurbanite! TJ carries a New Orleans-emblazoned cloth tote bag, with her French Quarter essentials, a boa, mask, Corona Light, bottle opening and voodoo doll. Again, Di is seen in bath towel and wild “tea party” headpiece, this time with a glass in hand, as she attempts to sooth and calm her worried husband about what kind of shenanigans the two might be up to.
TJ heads up legendary beach route ALA, driving along the Atlantic Ocean, then, with Di in tow, she whips around Sloane’s curve and drives Di straight up into the driveway of Donald Trump’s celebrated Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago Club (once owned by Majorie Merriweather Post). There she gives Di the inside scoop and an earful about Melania Trump’s newest QVC ventures, with faux diamond jewelry. The Who Dat Nation takes Palm Beach clip ends with TJ climbing out of Lulabell’s trunk, claiming diamonds and pink Cadillacs are a girl’s best friend.
Firebrand French Quarter author/Bourbon Street resident TJ Fisher and whimsical fashionista/artist Di Harris make a memorable mark as absolutely fabulously outrageous New Orleans notables. Capricious and colorful, Tj and Di are the queens of comedic storytelling, prone to unrestrained bursts of political and societal incorrectness, mimicry and out-of-the-ordinary escapades.
Merrymakers and troublemakers TJ and Di have a reputation for a chameleon-like style, that plus an innate flair for high-stepping hijinks, antiquities of time, daredevil humor and thespian misadventures. TJ drives a ’59 pink Cadillac convertible named Lulabell, and Di rides a 1968 “My Fair Lady” model banana-seat Stingray. TJ is a bestseller author of diverse works of New Orleans-based nonfiction and fiction. Di is a prize-winning designer and artist, and the proprietor of where the stars shop, Zogwald’s of the French Quarter, an ever popular and trendy international boutique. (TJ also maintains a home in Palm Beach, Florida and Di in Melbourne, Australia.)
See outrageous Sandcastle Queen TJ Fisher and her idiosyncratic friend and partner in shenanigans Lady Marigny Di Harris in additional Tanzmanianmudbug YouTube postings: http://www.youtube.com/user/Tanzmanianmudbug
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DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO MISS NEW ORLEANS?
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